The leadership of Maryknoll’s three orders -- the sisters, fathers and brothers, and lay missioners -- announced together today that after reflecting with “great care,” they have found that the threats inherent in nuclear energy “far outweigh the benefits.”
The announcement came in a press release this morning from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, a joint project of the three orders.
Writing that they felt the need to address the use of nuclear energy as governments around world consider building nuclear energy plants as a way to address global climate change, a statement associated with the release says that “Based on the Gospel, the tradition of Catholic social thought, and new insights into the inextricable dependence of humans on the long-term sustainability of the entire community of life, we believe that these threats far outweigh the benefits of using nuclear energy to mitigate global warming.”
As part of the statement, Maryknoll also mentions that their orders’ experience with the issue is “deep and important.”
Referencing the fact that Maryknoll’s headquarters are located in Ossining, New York -- which is “less than 10 miles” away from the Indian Point nuclear power plant, the statement says that:
The statement continues: